Sophie battles fear of heights for Alex abseil

FUNDRAISER Sophie Cook is abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for neighbour Alex Jones, inset, who was badly injured in a mountain biking accident.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120437-1)
FUNDRAISER Sophie Cook is abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower to raise money for neighbour Alex Jones, inset, who was badly injured in a mountain biking accident. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120437-1)
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SHE may be scared of heights but this isn’t stopping Sophie Cook from abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower for a neighbour in need.

The 19-year-old, from Horndean, signed up for the 330ft challenge following a freak accident which severely injured friend Alex Jones.

REMEMBERED Alex Jones

REMEMBERED Alex Jones

Alex, a 38-year-old dad of two, was out cycling when he fell off his bike and landed awkwardly, badly damaging his spine and leaving him paralysed.

He is undergoing rehabilitation at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital and is making good progress.

Now Sophie is aiming to raise hundreds of pounds with her daredevil abseil to help pay for adaptations to his family home ready for when he returns.

‘It was a massive thing to happen to Alex and I want to help him and his family as much as I can,’ said Sophie.

‘Alex was active and every day after work he would come in and I’d see him jumping on the trampoline in the garden with his boys.

‘It’s such a shame for it to happen to someone like Alex when there are people who never even move off the sofa. Alex was out every day doing sport. That is going to keep me going when I’m up the tower. I’m actually very scared of heights but the only way to deal with it is to not think about it too much and just get on with it.’

Meanwhile Alex’s family and friends are holding an auction packed full of prizes, including flying lessons, designer jewellery, signed football shirts and celebrity signed photos.

The event tonight marks five months since the accident and although it is private the public can still bid on the lots.

To find the full list go to the Facebook page Alex Jones Aka Stig. To bid call 07783 686970. To sponsor Sophie for her April 14 abseil email sophiecook93@hotmail.co.uk.